Devoted Star Trek fans will surely cite the "even number" rule in evaluating the Original Crew Movie Collection, but all six of these films qualify as rousing entertainment. Undeniably, the even-numbered films in Paramount... more »'s lucrative Trek franchise tended to be the best, as demonstrated by the superiority of The Wrath of Khan, The Voyage Home, and The Undiscovered Country. And yet each film has something to offer die-hard Trekkers, beginning with the epic-scale wonders of the first Motion Picture (presented here as a two-disc special edition). Evolving from Gene Roddenberry's aborted attempt at a second Star Trek TV series, the effects-laden Motion Picture divided fans while proving that Star Trek had a promising big-screen future. Nicholas Meyer's The Wrath of Khan made good on that promise, reviving the Star Trek spirit and proving, in the case of Mr. Spock, that beloved characters "never really die." It's widely regarded as the best of these half-dozen features. With its deadly Klingon confrontation, the Leonard Nimoy-directed Search for Spock was a thrilling (albeit contrived) excuse for Spock's inevitable resurrection, and its somber tone was readily countered by the Earth-based humor of Nimoy's The Voyage Home, combining a planetary crisis with a lively--and phenomenally popular--time-travel plot line. Unfortunately, William Shatner then lobbied for the director's chair, and The Final Frontier--an uneasy mixture of cheesy humor and grandiose themes--was the regrettable outcome. Paramount rallied by inviting Nicholas Meyer to repeat his Khan success, and Meyer rose to the occasion with the sharply scripted thrills of The Undiscovered Country. By ending the film with an official signature send-off from the "classic Trek" cast, the original crew brought their big-screen legacy to a graceful and upbeat conclusion, setting the stage for a transitional adventure in Star Trek: Generations. --Jeff Shannon« less
3/5 Wrath of Khan - One of my favorite Star Trek movies!!!
The perfect box set for any Trekkie...
L. Varnau | Indy | 06/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was thrilled when I found this box set containing the first six "Star Trek" films in their two-disc collector's editions. I had to get it. Let's take a look shall we?"Star Trek: The Motion Picture" Rating: 3.5/5
This is the long-awaited director's cut which actually subtracts about 12 minutes and adds a few necessary special effects. The film isn't as boring as it used to be and the focus is now more on the story than the special effects. The second disc is pretty good as well with three interesting documentaries and a load of deleted scenes."Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" Rating: 5/5
This timeless sci-fi classic is now in beautiful widescreen with all the action and intensity in tact. This is even the director's cut with three more minutes of footage, though granted you don't even notice the added scenes. Overall it's a great movie and the features on the second disc are very worth the money."Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" Rating: 4/5
This third film adventure for the original crew of the USS Enterprise is an exciting and action-packed ride that almost equals it's predecessor. A very enjoyable film with great special features."Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" Rating: 4.5/5
This is the black sheep of the bunch in the sense that it's mostly a comedy, but it's well-done and an enjoyable adventure worth seeing."Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" Rating: 2.5/5
This is probably the worst of the movies, period. It tries to blend the action and adventure of films two and three with the comedy of film four and fails on an epic scale, not to mention shoddy special effects at the end."Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" Rating: 5/5
Nicholas Meyer returns to direct this final voyage and it's excellent. This wraps up the story with the Klingons and sets the stage for "The Next Generation," which had been on the air for a few years by the time this film came out.Overall, it's a fantastic box set for any Trekkie or sci-fi movie buff. Each movie has a running audio as well as text commentary as well as documentaries on the makings of each film, trailers, and interviews. It's well worth it!"
Hold out for the Extras
Daniel Harris | 08/26/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I am a huge Star Trek fan. So far I have bought four of the DVDs: The Next Generation triology and ST:IV. I was very disappointed in the lack of extras. Star Trek: Generations did not even contain a movie trailer. (ST:IV contained some decent extras.) Most serious Trek fans would love commentary from the directors and/or actors. It is well known that there has been footage that was not included in the theatrical releases of almost every Trek film. Most notably, ST:II, where missing footage was shown when it was originally broadcast on TV. This footage made a GREAT movie even BETTER. None of this was included in the DVD. It is rumored that Paramount will be releasing Special Editions of the Trek films, including a 2-disc set for ST:II. Don't pay Paramount twice. The Trek films are all on TV so often, that you can tape a rough copy while you wait for Paramount to give us the extras we want and deserve. (The reason I gave the set 2 stars is because they are decent movies.)"
Star Trek the legend
Daniel Harris | 05/03/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Star Trek is truely a legend. To celebrate this legend after 25 years (in 1991), they put out this great box set of the first six Star Trek movies. And the case is beautiful too, so it'll look nice in with the rest of your videos. It's a must for any true Star Trek fan. If you don't have it yet, get it. It's worth it."
Get the 2004 Edition!!!
Randal | 02/01/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I liked the original box series very much. All of the extra special features discs contained enough production and interview sequences on each of the six films. Some of it was filler like "is time travel possible" or "terra forming" where a lot of experts get very far off the subject of Star Trek. Paramount did an honest job of remastering each film to DVD, they are clear, sharp and crisp. It would have been nice to see more of the deleted scenes from Star Trek V so many could see why Bill Shatner pooped on Paramount for butchering the film into under 2 hours. But you honestly can't complain. It's a great set. Get it while Amazon still has it cheaper than eBay and everywhere else."
Read description carefully!
Randal | 05/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although many have good points in their reviews of this disc set (good and bad), this is the newest box set release. I guess this is a perfect example of the saying "You can't please them all."
If you look at the title it says "Star Trek - The Original Crew Movie Collection (Special Edition)". "Special Edition" being the operative words. And if you enlarge the picture you can read that the first two are directors cuts and the remaining ones are special edition.
In saying this, I believe this is the box set to buy (unless you want them all to be director cuts). I give it 5 stars because I love Star Trek. It's true that some of the movies are better than others but the same could be said for the series. But I didn't stop watching just because a few of the episodes weren't up to par with the others.
It's Star Trek and that is the only thing that matters for us trekkies."